Events &

This is not a moment. It's a movement. 

Join forces with educators across Ohio as we continue the work to create schools that are more equitable for all. As educators navigate the path toward fair and impartial educational opportunities for ALL students, we must dig deep to acknowledge and challenge problematic issues, seek education, take risks, try to be better, and work actively on improving the world for the historically marginalized students in our schools. This work is introspective and challenging, and ultimately, best done together.

Don’t miss OAESA’s 65th Annual Professional Conference, With Liberty and Justice For All, June 15-17, 2022 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.


Featured Speakers

Dr. Andy Jacks is a highly regarded school leader, a Senior Fellow for the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Centers for Advancing Leadership, a national speaker, an upcoming author, and serves on the Autism Society of Northern Virginia Board of Directors.

In his twelve years as principal at Ashland Elementary School, he helped sky-rocket student achievement and led a cultural transformation that has gained local and national recognition including the VDOE Excellence Award and Distinguished Achievement Award, Virginia Distinguished Purple Star Award, Business Partnership of the Year, the VAESP School Bell Award, Professional Development Award, and a school tour by the United States Secretary of Education. Dr. Jacks is also a Nationally Distinguished Principal, Virginia Principal of the Year, and College Football All-American.

Dr. Jacks has a passion for the success of every single child ensuing that school is a place filled with meaningful relationships, engaging classrooms, and high standards for all. His message is one of hope, for both students and staff, that through the struggles we face, only together can we find the strength for our success!

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL, better known as Principal EL lives in Pennsylvania with his family and has been a teacher and principal since 1987. He is currently a K-8 principal in Wilmington, DE and received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions.

Principal EL was a regular contributor on the “The Dr. Oz Show” and is the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay (Movie rights optioned by Disney Films), and The Immortality of Influence (Foreword by Will Smith), which stresses the importance of leadership, mentoring, parenting and service to others. He is also the co-author of Passionate Leadership (Improving school cultures), Building a Winning Team (Teacher and principal recruitment) and Retention for a Change (Teacher and principal retention). Dr. EL speaks to groups around the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio.

Principal EL has studied at Cambridge University in England, Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware. He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Educational Leadership and Reader’s Digest Magazines recognized Principal EL as an “Inspiring American Icon.” Dr. EL has also appeared on Good Morning America and The Oprah Radio Network.